Notifications and Submissions
When a development application (DA) is lodged with Council, we need to tell people who might be affected by the development. People we might notify about a DA often include neighbours and, in some cases, the general public. This is so they have a chance to raise any concerns or make a comment before a decision is made.
The process for advertising DAs is explained in our Community Participation Plan PDF, 394.71 KB.
If a DA needs to be notified or advertised, the applicant will be charged a notification fee.
Where you can view DA notifications
If you’re a neighbour of a proposed development that needs to be notified, we will send you a letter.
For everyone else, these are the main places you can find information about DAs which are open for comment:
- The View an Application page
- Our weekly advertisement in the Illawarra Mercury
- For some DAs, information may be available in your nearest library.
Anyone with an interest in a DA is welcome to make a submission - or give feedback - about a proposed development, but this must be done in writing.
If you’re objecting to a development, you need to give a clear reason why. We also encourage people to share positive suggestions to improve the proposed DA.
Submissions are public documents, and other people can view them on request, so make sure you read our Protection of Privacy statement before you comment on a DA.
All submissions will be considered when the DA is assessed.
How to make a submission
If you receive a notification letter, it will explain how you can make a submission about a proposed development.
If you do not receive a notification, you can still make a submission using one of these options:
- Go to our Online Services Portal and select Development Applications on Exhibition. Click on an application to view details, then use the Lodge a submission button.
- Email Council, including the application number in the subject line (eg DA-2022/XXX)
- Write to Council at the mailing address shown in the footer of this website. Make sure you include the application number in your letter.
For more information, call us on (02) 4227 7111.
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